Health Requirements for Ethiopian Visitors

All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.

  • Malaria: A Prophylaxis with Lariam (mefloquine), Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), or doxycycline is recommended for all areas except Addis Ababa and altitudes above 2000 m (6561 ft).
  • Hepatitis A; Recommended for all travelers
  • Typhoid; Recommended for all travelers
  • Yellow fever; Recommended for all travelers, except that travelers whose itinerary is limited to the Afar and Somali Provinces need the vaccine only if at risk for a large number of mosquito bites
  • Meningococcus; Recommended for all travelers
  • Polio; One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult
  • Hepatitis B; Recommended for all travelers
  • Rabies; For travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, or at high risk for animal bites, or involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given`
  • Tetanus-diphtheria; Revaccination recommended every 10 year
  • Prior to entry, visitors should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever. Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in Ethiopia.

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